This post marks my 100th post since moving from my old website to Blogger. And what better way to mark the anniversary than by mocking Joe Morgan? This chat is from this morning. Let’s get started. As always, my comments are in italics.
Lane (Kukuihaele, HI): Do you think the Yankees' position players really care about Roger Clemens not traveling with the team when he isn't pitching?
Joe Morgan: I can't answer that because I don't know what they think individually. I do not know if they want all that to happen. But they will always say the right thing.
Then why in the world did you choose this question to answer? The guy isn’t asking for facts; just your opinion. That’s what you’re here for.
Joe Morgan: Well that is hard to predict. Lilly does allot you to get the ball in the air. But so far they have done well. The Cubs should be better with all the money they have spent, and I think they are.
Another infuriating comment about the Cubs and how their free spending should equal success. All you need to do is look at the Yankees to see that spending a ton of money does not guarantee success. Of course the Yankees define success as a World Series title, but it still applies. Still no insight from Joe.
Joe Morgan: He will be a better hitter with patience and and once he learns how to handle pitch counts. You do not want to be 0-2. I talked to him last season and he is a very smart player, and I think he will be a very good player. I think McClendon can really help him if they work together.
“You do not want to be down 0-2.” Wow. Brilliant. Maybe these chatters should be sending these messages to guys like Rob Neyer or Buster Olney; guys who know baseball and stats.
Joe Morgan: Well I think the Braves are back and they will be a factor in the East and in the Wild Card. I think you should be optimistic.
The Braves are back and will be a factor! Good analysis, Joe.
Joe Morgan: Well you cannot compare anything anymore anyway. I would have loved to see what thoose guys would have done with the smaller ball parks and livelier baseballs. But Barry is not the only one who wears armor. It is what it is. It is a different game today.
This is probably the smartest thing he’s ever said. Although you can compare players, as proven by guys like Bill James and Rob Neyer, things are completely different. And I don’t think guys like Hank Aaron worried too much about being plunked. The body armor doesn’t affect their hitting; it just helps them avoid injury.
Chris (NY,NY): Hey Joe!! Big fan!! I love when you say "slidepiece"!!! ANyway, what do you think about Clemens? I think he's gonig to get shelled in the
Joe Morgan: I don't think he will get shelled. He is a good pitcher and I think he will pitch well. If he felt that he was not rerady, he would not have comeback this early. I think he will do well. Besides the Yankees will score five or six runs a game for him.
I didn’t know Joe Morgan had any fans. And what’s this “slidepiece” he refers to? Someone comment it here if you know. And again with Joe and his opinions with nothing to back them up. And of course Clemens would come back this early; he was offered $28 million to!
Joe Morgan: I mean they need starting pitching because even their best pitchers are towards the end of their careers. You always need some pitching. But I cannot say who they will get.
Why does Joe choose these questions to answer if he can’t even speculate? Maybe because he barely has anyone sending him questions?
Brad(NM): Do you think run production was the difference maker between choosing NY over
Joe Morgan: No I think the fact that
Yes, Joe! Yes! Well done.
Joe Morgan: Well everyone can use an extra bat or pitcher. But in the West I think the Dodgers have the best chance of winning because I like their mixture of veterans and young players. But everyone needs another bat and everyone needs another pitcher right now.
Another comment about everyone needing pitching. And this time he added in the fact that everyone needs another bat. So if everyone needs another bat and another pitcher, doesn’t that negate everyone else’s needs? So no one needs anything? My head hurts.
Joe Morgan: Well they are in the same situations as the Dodgers, they need another the bat and they need Maddux and Wells to hold up over the course of the season. The Padres need another bat.
So what you’re saying then is that they don’t need anything?
Joseph Feldstein (
Joe Morgan: I really like
No, Joe, I don’t think you read the question. See, he listed 4 starters and asked you who should be the 5th. You can’t name one of the 4 that he listed. Joe must have been getting tired; this is near the end of the chat.
Joe Morgan: I would only want to see it used on home runs, whether a ball was fair or foul or over the line or not. Other than that I do not want to see instant replay because you would have to review too many plays, and we would have four hour games instead of the three hour 59 minute ones.
Wait, was that a joke from Joe there? Was that funny? I say no.
As always, this was a fun little exercise. I’d like to post an entry soon where I answer your questions like I’m Joe Morgan. Post some questions in the comments or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.